In a UK zoo, a young elephant was murdered while napping; grieving staff said he will be missed.
In a bizarre attack at a UK zoo, an elephant was murdered by another member of the herd.
M’Changa, a 12-year-old African bull elephant, was attacked by another elephant while sleeping in the early hours of Friday morning. M’Changa died tragically as a result of his injuries. The incident occurred at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol, which is one of the UK’s and Europe’s largest elephant facilities.
“It is with extreme sadness that we announce the death of one of our male African elephants, M’Changa, who has passed away following an incident with one of our other elephants here at the zoo,” a representative for Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm stated.
“This recent occurrence has obviously upset our committed staff of elephant keepers, and we are doing everything we can to help them during this difficult time.
“A complete investigation into the events surrounding the incident is currently underway, as is a review of future plans to determine the best route ahead for Noah’s Ark’s elephant program.”
“M’Changa’s passing will be felt very deeply,” said Larry Bush, the zoo’s managing director. All of the staff, as well as our members and guests, will miss him greatly. We will continue to promote elephant conservation and contribute to its protection in the future.”
Any new elephants will be illegally imported under the government’s new scheme, and the old population will naturally die out.
Elephants, which are highly intelligent creatures, suffer from mental illness in zoos, according to campaigners.
Living in such cramped quarters, according to the RSPCA, causes a variety of health illnesses, including severe arthritis.
They survive only 17 years on average in captivity, compared to more than 50 years in the wild.
“There are numerous species that don’t belong in zoos, elephants are very much one of those species,” Mark Jones of the international animal advocacy organisation Born Free told MailOnline.
“It should be phased out because the needs of these wide-ranging, sophisticated social animals cannot be addressed in captivity.”